From December 1, 2017, cervical screenings will change in Australia. The Pap Smear / Pap Test will be replaced with a new Cervical Screening Test.
Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, and the new Cervical Screening Test is expected to protect up to 30% more women than previous Pap Tests.
The test is a quick and simple procedure to check the health of your cervix. While the procedure looks and feels the same as the previous Pap test, the new test also helps identify the human papillomavirus (known as HPV).
Your first Cervical Screening Test is due two years after your most recent Pap test. After this, you’ll only need to have the test once every five years assuming your results are negative.
Regular cervical screening is your best protection against cervical cancer.
Eligible Age Group: The new age group to be tested will be 25 to 74 year olds. In the past the program covered 18 to 69 year olds.
If you’re due for a test, please contact us so we can book you in for an appointment. For more information about the National Cervical Screening Program call 13 15 56.